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A trip through the provinces of France is a true treat for wine connoisseurs. Here are two excellent suggestions for meandering through some pretty vineyards and gathering inspiration and some bottles for your collection. Burgundy The Burgundy region in south eastern France is inland and famous for the remarkable castles and churches, plus the natural…

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french polynesia

White sand beaches. Translucent blue lagoons dotted with over-water bungalows. Couples lounging under palm trees. Half-dressed natives draping flower necklaces over your head. These are some of the images I had in mind of Tahiti before going. And while you’ll encounter all of the above, these scenes only paint a small part of the picture.…

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luxury hotel

Although I’m a backpacker by nature, I do get the opportunity to stay in some pretty great luxury properties from time to time. While the experience has many perks — high thread counts, deep plunge tubs and plush robes you want to wear as clothing — there are many odd and sometimes frustrating things I’ve…

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Ms Noordam

As someone who’s travel style of choice is backpacking, I’ve always been a bit skeptical of cruises. I pictured masses of people stuck on a boat being herded from port to port like cattle; however, as I also enjoy trying new things when Holland America graciously invited me to experience their “Ancient Mysteries” Mediterranean cruise…

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While I thoroughly enjoyed my entire trip traveling solo through French Polynesia — specifically the islands of Tahiti, Fakarava, Tahaa and Raiatea — there were a few moments in particular that stuck out. To help give you an idea of some of the destination’s top experiences, here are my 10 memorable moments in French Polynesia.…

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